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More than just a flavour of jazz,
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This review is from: Starlight (Audio CD)Joan describes this CD as jazz flavoured but I have to say it verges on being a pure jazz offering. This is the third in a trilogy, her previous two albums covering the blues and rock genres. They are both excellent pieces of work, her rock album 'This Charming Life' being a real favourite of mine. Unfortunately 'Starlight' doesn't really work for me. It is all a bit too quirky and, somehow, while her lyrics seem to suit her blues and rock styles, when put into a jazz setting they just seem a bit naff and laboured. There is no doubt this album is very inventive but for me it is a bit hard work to listen to. I don't like my music to be totally predictable but I find this album too unpredictable.
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Initial post: 4 Jul 2012 22:48:27 BDT
It's a shame so many people post reviews of Joan's CDs before having listened to them for at least a couple months, particularly when their initial reactions are negative. For three years I paid little attention to DNA on INTO THE BLUES before overnight it became my favorite song; I think it's a masterpiece. I played THIS CHARMING LIFE a couple times feeling certain I wouldn't be giving it a sixth or seventh listen, because it was exactly what I didn't want from her, it was too loud and aggressive. Then suddenly I fell in love with it. It was just a matter of getting to know the music, and in Joan's case that can take some time, because she's so inventive. As for STARLIGHT's verging on a "purely jazz offering", I have to wonder what sort of jazz you're familiar with. I'm a big fan of Coleman Hawkins, Bill Evans, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter - I could go on and on, but nowhere in my extensive jazz collection is there anything that would move me to call STARLIGHT "pure jazz," any more than I'd call INTO THE BLUES "pure blues". Can you name at least one other CD like it? The closest I can come is BACK TO THE NIGHT, but that's another of Joan's albums, and it isn't "pure jazz" either.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2012 06:27:46 GMT
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Monsieur le B says:
Labelling music genres is a matter of opinion. One man's jazz is another man's easy listening. In my defence, I didn't say it was pure jazz, just that it verges on it. I too think 'Into the Blues' and particularly 'This Charming Life' are superb although I found them a lot more instant than you did. I have listened to 'Starlight' quite a few times and I do not find it an endearing record, sorry. I don't expect to instantly like everything but neither do I want to play something for 2 months before expressing an opinion.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2012 19:30:51 GMT
In the months since I posted my comment I've stopped listening to STARLIGHT. Currently LOVER'S SPEAK is my favorite JA album, though when it first came out I found it kind of grating. No, you shouldn't have to listen to a CD for two months before expressing an opinion, and I'm sorry my comment came out that way. That said, when I dislike a JA song, I can never be sure I'll dislike it a couple years later.
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